What to Look for in a Beginner Metal Detector

Introducing kids of any age to metal detecting can give them the opportunity to enjoy a hobby that can help them learn about history, geology, science, electronics, and so much more.  Not only that, they’ll enjoy exercising in the great outdoors, digging up unknown treasure, and maybe even cashing in on what they find!  Some of the things kids might find while out metal detecting include

  • jewelry
  • coins
  • antique toys
  • colonial buttons
  • civil war relics
  • gold and precious minerals
  • meteorites

A beginner metal detector is usually fairly good at finding all of these types of targets.  However, there are more advanced machines on the market you can work up to that are designed to be more sensitive to one type of treasure or another.

Important Features for Kids

Children’s metal detectors should also be lightweight, and feature an adjustable handle.  This way no matter what size your child is he or she can comfortably hold and swing the metal detector for hours of enjoyment.  For more on what to look for in a children’s metal detector, please review these related articles from our learning library.

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Fisher F11 Metal Detector Video Review

This week we were excited to get a sneak peak at the new Fisher F11 metal detector from Fisher Research Labs. This first model in their newest “F” series line-up is sure to fit any budget. This feature packed entry level detector has a street price of just $159 and offers unsurpassed features at the price.

Daniel Bernzweig of Detector Electronics Corp. said “we were pleased to see that they did not cut any corners and have delivered exceptional quality at an affordable price.” He went on to say “the new design is lightweight, battery efficient and ergonomically comfortable.”

This new model offers three modes of operation: Jewelry, Coin and Artifact modes. Above the the F11 are the Fisher F22 and Fisher F44 metal detectors which are fully weatherproof models. If you are just getting started or are looking for a backup detector, you will not find a model with more features for your dollar. We particularly like the 9 segment visual target identification display. With this feature, you can easily identify and seperate trash from treasure. Four tone target identification let you hear what’s in the ground before you dig.

See our Fisher F11 Metal Detector Unboxing Video and Field Test Review:

This model helps you quickly isolate your target with a no motion pinpoint mode. Adjustable sensitivity and volume controls let you further tune this machine to your style of metal detecting. Like all Fisher metal detectors, the F11 is covered by a 5 year warranty.

Complete details on this new model are shown on our Fisher F11 Metal Detector product detail page. On this page you will find videos, a detailed product catalog specification sheet and more. Be sure to contact one of our product specialists for help in choosing the best model for your needs.

Travel Channel TV Show Made in America Features Garrett Metal Detectors

Garrett Metal Detectors as seen on tv

“Made in America” TV show visits Garrett Metal Detectors in Garland TX

We’ve enjoyed Garrett metal detectors for years, and a while back the hit Travel Channel TV show, Made in America, shared the story of these fantastic machines with the rest of the world. Each year the show, hosted by former Cheers star John Ratzenberger, would visit around 40 businesses that make and manufacture their products in America. Garrett metal detectors writes of their experience on the show:

It’s an honor that Mr. Ratzenberger considered Garrett Metal Detectors for his TV series Made in America. My father began building his first metal detectors in our garage in Garland, Texas. And although we’ve grown into an international company over the last 40 years with worldwide partners, we’re proud to keep all of our engineering and business practices at home in the US. – Vaughan Garrett of Garrett Metal Detectors

If you’d like to explore Garrett metal detectors, please visit our Garrett Metal Detectors page for hobby units. Check out our Garrett Security Metal Detectors page for a look at the walk-through, hand-held and ground search metal detectors also made in the USA by Garrett.

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What You Need to Know Before Metal Detecting for Shipwrecks

Metal detecting for underwater shipwrecks and treasure.

Metal detecting for shipwrecks and treasure. Above: Diving with the Garrett Infinium LS Metal Detector

Metal Detecting for Shipwrecks is exciting. There’s a great deal you need to know before you get started though. From the local laws regarding shipwrecks to what type of metal detecting equipment you’ll need, it’s important to educate yourself before metal detecting for shipwrecks so you don’t make any mistakes.

In some areas, shipwrecks are valued as graves for those whose lives were lost when the ship sank and as a result, they’re untouchable. In other situations governments are interested in unearthing the gold and other treasures for monetary and historic value. This point of view informs their policy with regard to diving for shipwrecks and you’ll need to be aware of the area’s regulations long before you go metal detecting for shipwrecks.

Selecting Under Water Metal Detecting Equipment

Once you’re certain you can dive for the shipwreck you’re interested in you’ll need the right metal detecting equipment for the job.  In many cases the team will start with a boat towed metal detector. This device allows you to search a wider area more quickly. Then you can take your underwater metal detector in for a closer look. Depending on the shipwreck you’re looking for you may also consider an ROV (remote operated vehicle) which can come equipped with an underwater metal detector as well as lights, mechanical arms, and more.

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Tesoro Metal Detectors Introduces Delta 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan Search Coil

Tesoro Delta 11" x 8" Wide Scan search coil

Tesoro Metal Detectors has just announced the availability of their new Delta 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan search coil for use with the the Tesoro Vaquero, Tejon, Lobo SuperTraq and Cibola metal detectors.

Today Tesoro Metal Detectors has announced the availability of a brand new search coil option for the Vaquero, Tejón, Lobo SuperTraq and Cibola metal detectors. The new Delta 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan search coil features a new “Responsive Signal Design” (RSD).

Get the Most From You Tesoro Metal Detector

With RSD technology you can give your Tesoro detector the best advantage possible when working in heavily mineralized sites. This Tesoro Delta search coil will give your tesoro metal detector more coverage and a better balance of depth and sensitivity.

Wide scan coils such as the Delta are less affected by ground mineralization. Wide scan is also referred to as DD or Double D.

The Tesoro Delta 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan Search Coil has a 4 pin connector, is carbon in color and includes a scuff/coil cover. The 8′ coil wire allows for use on all styles of Tesoro metal detector configurations.

Watch our First Look Tesoro Delta Wide Scan Search Coil Video :

For complete details on the new Tesoro Delta 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan visit our product detail page. In Living Color: You can see the coil in action by watching our in the field test Video of the Tesoro Delta 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan search coil.

Tesoro Metal Detectors Introduces Epsilon 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan Search Coil

Epsilon 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan search coil

Today Tesoro Metal Detectors announced the availability of their new Epsilon 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan search coil for use with the the Cortes, Deleon, Silver uMax and Outlaw metal detectors.

Today Tesoro Metal Detectors has announced the Epsilon wide scan search coil for use with the Silver µMax, Outlaw, DeLeón, Cortés metal detectors.

This new 11″ x 8″ high performance search coil will let you get the most out of your existing Tesoro detector.

The Epsilon features Tesoros’ new “Responsive Signal Design” (RSD). With RSD technology you can give your Tesoro detector the best advantage possible when working in heavily mineralized sites.

This Tesoro Epsilon search coil boasts a bright white design and will give your tesoro metal detector more coverage and a better balance of depth and sensitivity.

Wide scan coils such as the Epsilon are less affected by ground mineralization. Wide scan is also refered to as DD or Double D.

The Tesoro Epsilon 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan Search Coil has a 5 pin connector and includes a search coil cover. The 8′ coil wire allows for use on all styles of Tesoro metal detector configurations.

Watch our in the field First Look Tesoro Epsilon Search Coil Video:

For complete details on the new Tesoro Epsilon 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan search coil visit our product detail page. Be sure to see our in the field First Look Video of the Tesoro Epsilon 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan search coil on our MetalDetector.com YouTube Chanel.

Metal Detectors Find Antique Bottles and Treasures in Former Privy Pits

Finding antique bottles isn’t always easy; unless you have a metal detector.  If you do, you can find these precious antiques in a variety of different places.  Many years ago, people would have backyard dumps and privy pits for getting rid of solid waste instead of town garbage services and sewage lines.  These are the places to look for antique bottles with your metal detector today.

While metal detectors will not locate bottles directly, they will lead you to the best place to start digging on a site. A metal detector will help you locate the bits and pieces of metal trash and relics that are common on old dump sites. – from Best Metal Detectors for finding Antique Bottles by Daniel Bernzweig

After they were done being used, these privy pits and dump sites were covered over with dirt and forgotten about.  If however, you have a deep seeking metal detector or a relic hunting type of metal detector with a large search coil, you can get deep enough to see what’s under there.  Once you’ve found a good digging site, be sure to use your pinpointer and a small metal detecting shovel or digging tool to ensure safe digging for you and the precious antique bottles you’re hoping to find.

Old privy pits and dump sites can be excellent spots to not only find antique glass bottles, but also old coins, lost jewelry, and other types of treasures from years gone by. For more information about metal detecting for antique bottles take a look at these articles from our learning library.

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Treasure Products Vibra Phone 280 Review

Treasure Products Vibra Phone 280

The Vibra Phone 280 can be easily attached to your metal detector and will help make it easier for you to find buried treasures by turning those beeps into vibrations.

When you’re out in the field metal detecting, sometimes, the audio of your metal detector can’t be heard for one reason or another.  Possibly your hearing is diminished and it is challenging to hear the sounds. Or maybe you are working a site where the background sounds are loud; or you just don’t want to make a lot of noise. Whatever the reason, the Vibra Phone 280 is the answer.

Easy to Use Metal Detecting Accessory

Made in the USA, the Vibra Phone 280 is a separate device, only 7 inches in length and weighing in at just 8 oz, that works with your current metal detector to transform it’s beeps and buzzes into vibrations.  It’s easy to use (simply plug into the headphone jack on your metal detector) and comes with clips that allow the Vibra Phone to mount right onto your machine with a convenient snap on/off mechanism; no tools or modifications to your metal detector required.

The Vibra Phone also features manual sensitivity and pulse width adjustments to make the device highly customizable and allow it to work seamlessly with nearly all hobby metal detectors; except those made by Fisher and Minelab.

Vibra Phone 280 Reviews:

Big Red shares – I bought the Vibra Phone 280 for my wife who is deaf so she could come along metal detecting with me sometimes.  It’s worked really well for her and I can see if you were somewhere where you need to not make any noise, this product would be the perfect choice!

L. Mike reports – The Vibra Phone 280 works great! 5 Stars all around.

As you can see there are a variety of ways the Vibra Phone 280 can be helpful to metal detector users of all kinds.  To learn more about this fantastic little metal detector tool and decide if it’s something you too might find helpful in your metal detecting work, visit the Vibra Phone 280 product page.  Here you’ll find the instruction manual and product catalog, along with a video overview of the Vibra Phone, as well as product specs, and more.  The Vibra Phone 280 is a unique metal detecting accessory, and one you and your fellow hobbyists might find incredibly useful in your field work.  Change those beeps to vibrations today with the Vibra Phone and enjoy metal detecting on a whole new level.

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4 Things to Do Before Buying Your First Metal Detector

New Metal Detector Selection Tips

There are a lot of different metal detectors on the market today; many of which are excellent machines.  But, when you’re just getting started, how can you find the best metal detector for you?  Here are 4 things you should do before buying your first metal detector so you can find the machine the will work for you.

Learn the Lingo

If you don’t know what they’re talking about, no one can help you find the best metal detector.  Learn more about the words used in metal detecting and what they mean, then you’ll be able to understand what to look for in a machine.  To get you started, here are a few common metal detecting terms and their meanings.

Discrimination – The machine’s ability to determine and report on the difference between one target and another.

Sensitivity – This term refers to the metal detector’s ability to find objects at a distance under gound.  It’s generally a metal detecting control that can be raised or lowered as needed to prevent feedback from interference with ground minerals, power lines, etc.

Search Depth – The depth to which your metal detector is able to locate targets.

Ground Balance – A control that lets you bypass minerals that may interfere with your metal detector.

Consider Your Location

The type of targets commonly found in your area will help determine what the best metal detector is for you.  Someone in Virginia might enjoy a relic hunting metal detector to find Civil War relics while those living in the Colorado mountains would benefit more from a gold prospecting metal detector.

Review the Basics

Choosing the best metal detector with help from the MetalDetector.com Learning Library.

Choosing the best metal detector with help from the MetalDetector.com Learning Library. Click picture to visit the Learning Library.

Take some time to review our Getting Started articles and other types of beginner metal detecting information like this. Then, you’ll have a better understanding of the hobby, how it relates to you, and, as a result, which is the best metal detector to meet your needs.

Join a Metal Detecting Club

Joining a metal detecting club in your area can also help you the right machine.  There are metal detectorists of all levels at these clubs and they’re always happy to help a newcomer out.  They’ll share their thoughts about the best metal detectors for the area, give you their recommendations, and maybe even let you try a few out.

To help you learn more about finding the best metal detector please enjoy these related articles from our learning library:

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3 New Metal Detectors From Fisher. The Fisher F11, F22 and F44.

The three new detector models from Fisher Metal Detectors.

Pictured above are the three new metal detector models from Fisher Metal Detectors.

Discover the Newest Fisher Metal Detector Models

Today we are happy to announce three new Fisher metal detector models. Two of the units, the F22 and F44 are weatherproof. Here is a first look at these newest metal detector models in the F Series from Fisher Metal Detectors.

Get ready to discover fun and adventure.

Fisher F11 Metal Detector  – This first model in the latest F series from Fisher Research Labs is easy to use. The F11 offers three modes of operation: Jewelry, Coin and Artifact modes. You will be out discovering history in no time.

Fisher F22 Weatherproof Metal Detector  – The Fisher F22 is the middle model in the latest F series from Fisher. This metal detector features a professional weatherproof design. Perfect for hunting in the toughest conditions. Step up to the F22 and take advantage of the most cost effective weatherproof machine available today.

Fisher F44 Weatherproof Metal Detector – The weatherproof Fisher F44 is the top model in the latest Fisher F series. This Fisher model includes a back-lit display screen for hunting in low light conditions and a large 11″ search coil. Step up to the top model in the F series, the Fisher F44 and get ready to discover fun and adventure. Also seeFisher F44 Bundle Offer packed with extra Fisher brand accessories.

Feel free to contact us for more information on these or any of the models made by Fisher.